Handicap Cup Rules
- If a club wishes to enter more teams in the cup than in the league this will be permitted provided the handicap cup secretary is notified in good time.
- The rule that players must be registered in playing strength order does not apply.
- Handicaps will be notified to the club secretary as soon as possible.
- Ties shall not be arranged until handicaps are notified.
- The handicap secretary should be informed as soon as possible if anyone, other than the Club Secretary, has been delegated the responsibility for the arrangement of the cup matches.
Handicap Cup. Handicaps shall be reviewed one week before every round. That is, Handicaps
of all players shall then be reviewed based solely on their League performance, and irrespective of whether
they have actually played in the Handicap Cup or not.
If a new player joins the League at any time, that new player shall not play in the Handicap Cup until he / she has played in the League for four evenings, and his / her handicap shall then be assessed on League performance.
1. Players must be registered in accordance with league rules.
2. A player may only play for one team throughout the competition.
3. A new player on the handicap list shall play off –6 until the committee can assess
4. The committee shall revise handicaps when deemed necessary.
5. Teams shall consist of 3 players with a maximum of 5 players being allowed to
play for a team.
6. A match shall consist of 9 (best of 5 set) games.
7. For all rounds, except the semi-finals and final, the home team (as defined on the
draw sheet) shall offer their opponents at least 2 dates within the allotted period,
giving at least 4 days notice. Teams which are unable to offer more than one
date in the scheduled week of the competition will be required to forfeit home
advantage. If the other team has the same problem, the date and venue will be
decided by the handicap cup secretary.
8. Th e visiting team shall be deemed to have defaulted the match should they not
accept one of the dates offered and the match shall be awarded to the home side.
9. Th e semi-finals will be played during the first week after the end of the normal
season, at neutral venues or as mutually agreed. Th e final will be played during
the second week after the scheduled end of the normal season. Th e final will be
played on the Monday evening at Murrayfield, or at an alternative venue and date
as mutually agreed, during that week.
10. Players not available to play 30 minutes later than agreed starting time shall
forfeit their games.
11. A scorecard (showing actual scores) shall be forwarded by the winning team
to the Handicap Cup secretary to arrive not later than 48 hours after the closing
date of the respective round.
12. Any dispute shall be submitted (in writing) to the Handicap Cup secretary to
be considered by the competition committee whose decision shall be final.
13. Minus handicaps are added to 11.
Plus handicaps are within 11 points as follows :
Plus v Plus : deduct one handicap from the other and play to 11
(e.g. If +2 plays +6, play begins at 0 - 4 and is played to 11).
Minus v Minus : deduct one handicap from the other and play to 11 plus difference.
(e.g. If –2 plays –6, play begins at 0 - 4 and is played to 15)
Minus v Plus : add the plus to the minus handicap and play to 11 plus the
(e.g. If –2 plays +6, play begins at 0 - 8 and is played to 13)
Scoring : the winner of a game must always score 2 points more than their
(e.g. In a game of 17 up, deuce shall be called at 16 all.)
14. When a fi fth set is necessary, ends will be changed when either player has scored
half the points necessary to win the set.
(e.g. If +5 plays –5, +5 plays off 10 to 16 and –5 plays off scratch.
Players will change ends when either : +5 reaches 13 or –5 reaches 8.)